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Antarctica

From Geology to Human History

Explore the continent of Antarctica and more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery and scientific endeavour.

In this course, you will learn through lectures filmed on location on Ross Island and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Cliff, an Antarctic veteran, with 12 seasons on the ice, will introduce you to some of our planet’s most remarkable landscapes—the Dry Valleys, the Transantarctic Mountains and the world’s southernmost volcanic island. At a remote field camp, he interviews fellow geologists studying fossil-rich sediments—from a time when Antarctica was 20°C warmer than today—to see what Antarctica’s past climate can reveal about what the future might hold.

Rebecca, a science historian and writer who has written extensively about Antarctica, visits Captain Robert Scott’s huts on Ross Island and interviews conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust and scientists and logistics staff working at Scott Base and McMurdo Station. You’ll learn about the explorers and scientists from around the world who have been drawn to work and sometimes risk their lives here—from James Cook’s first venture below the Antarctic Circle, to the British scientists who discovered the ozone hole, to the first women to work on the ice.

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Length 5 weeks
Effort 2 - 5 hours per week
Starts Oct 17 (23 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Victoria University of Wellington, VictoriaX via edX
Instructors Dr. Rebecca Priestley, Dr. Cliff Atkins, Rebecca Priestley, Cliff Atkins
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Language English
Subjects Science Humanities Social Sciences
Tags Science History Environmental Studies

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Rating Not enough ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 2 - 5 hours per week
Starts Oct 17 (23 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Victoria University of Wellington, VictoriaX via edX
Instructors Dr. Rebecca Priestley, Dr. Cliff Atkins, Rebecca Priestley, Cliff Atkins
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Humanities Social Sciences
Tags Science History Environmental Studies

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